WASHINGTON • The District of Columbia is on the fast track toward decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The D.C. Council is poised to approve a bill that would make possession of less than 1 ounce of pot a civil offense, punishable by a fine as low as $25. Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports it. He could sign the bill as early as January.
Some activists want the city to go further by legalizing marijuana. They're considering a ballot initiative if the council doesn't take that step.